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Heart-Breaking Truths About Gaza and Israel

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

As I sit in my comfortable home in Massachusetts, rockets are being fired from Gaza at my nephew in Israel. He is the son of an Israeli, an almost-flu...

Searching for Equilibrium on the Protective Edge

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

A few days ago I downloaded the "Code Red" app to my phone that Israelis use to follow the thousands of rockets being launched over the border from Gaza. Over the course of thirty minutes the phone sounded more than 10 times.

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Are you "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine"? It isn't even noon yet as I write this, and I've already been accused of being both. These terms intrigue m...

The Silent Majority

Dan_Weiss | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Dan_Weiss

Back in May, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published the results of a comprehensive global study of anti-Semitism. They polled 53,100 people from c...

5 Simple Ways You Can Help Create Peace in Gaza and Israel

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

Living far away, it's often hard to know where to start or how to help. So, I began asking people with experience in the region and have identified five simple actions you can take today to support peace for people in Gaza and Israel.

Jews Say: End the War on Gaza

Linda Milazzo | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Linda Milazzo

Statement of Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, July 22, 2014 (200 initial signers, endorsing allies forthcoming) On July 12, 2014, Gaza civil s...

The Power of Religion to Restrain Conflict

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Even in secular contexts, people of faith can work together to encourage or discourage warfare. As violence has escalated in Israel and Gaza, an international campaign for peace has been launched, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

Ode to Gaza

Steve Posner | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Steve Posner

Much of the killing in Gaza has stopped. All we have are remnant cries of mothers hunching at child limbs lost, of fathers sobbing at houses bashed, a...

6 Convincing Reasons Debunking the Myth of Islam Promoting Hatred of Jews and Christians

Ro Waseem | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Ro Waseem

A common misconception about the Quran is that it promotes hatred of Jews and Christians, and asks Muslims to not be friends with them.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Not Interfaith Marriage, Two-Faith Marriage

Abraham Gutman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Abraham Gutman

Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.

Expansive Government Threatens Religious Liberty, the First Freedom

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Americans should be protected from interference with their faith as well as attempts by others to impose their beliefs. The institutions of government and church should be kept far apart, while the political realm is left open to arguments of all sorts, whether based on theism, humanism, or something else.

Why Americans, Israelis and Jews Should Support an (Almost) Independent Kurdistan

Aki Peritz | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Aki Peritz

A free and independent Kurdistan is almost within reach of its inhabitants, a silver lining that could emerge from the ISIS's horrific march through much of Iraq.

Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Try to locate even a hint of Jesus' Jewish identity and heritage in Renaissance paintings and you will find yourself on a fruitless quest. Some respondents bristled at what they perceived as the suggestion of a conspiracy to suppress Jesus Jewish identity. But the falsification of biblical history in artworks was not a conspiracy.

Stop the Violence -- for the Sake of the Children

Imam Muhammad Musri | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Imam Muhammad Musri

As a Muslim Imam born in the Middle East, I've watched from afar with a deep and growing concern as the region (which holds so many wonderful memories...

Jews and the Written Word

Noah Manne | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Noah Manne

The written word has been a constant in most of Jewish history; it cannot not have had an impact on that history, of which rising from the ashes like a phoenix time and again is a signal achievement.

Do the Presbyterians Expect Jews to Be the World's Only Christians?

Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Kenneth L. Cohen

On June 20, the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted 310 to 303 to divest its financial holdings in three American companies which do business in Israel because they "profit from non-peaceful pursuits."

Greece's Jewish Community - Over 2,000 Years Old: Down Memory Lane on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Jewry for over two millennia, or the ancient community of Rhodes, nor such famous members as Colonel Mordechai Frizis, the officer who fought valiantly against the Italian invasion in 1940, that recall how widespread Greece's Jewish community was before the German Holocaust.

What Made the Rebbe Judaism's Greatest Contemporary Leader

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The twentieth anniversary of the Rebbe's passing is being accompanied by the portrayal of the Rebbe as the founder of Judaism with a smile. But this is not the whole story and it sanitizes the Rebbe's legacy. In truth, the Rebbe was a revolutionary.

Louis Zamperini -- Meet Witold Pilecki

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is a powerful story -- but in quite an unexpected way. If you're thinking Schindler's List, Stalag 17, The Great Escape or -- hold your breath -- TV's Hogan's Heroes, you'd be disappointed.

Larry Storch: Still a Stand-Up Guy

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

Something wonderful is happening tomorrow (or Thursday the 26th, if tomorrow isn't Thursday where you are). Larry Storch is performing comedy in New York.

Belzec: Past and Present

David Harris | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
David Harris

During World War II, Belzec, a small town in southeastern Poland, was one of the main Nazi death camps in the occupied country, along with Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor and Treblinka.

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

A Bright Future for Democrats

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

All the pundits are writing about what Eric Cantor's loss means to the Republican Party. Democratic politicians are wisely keeping quiet, not wanting to appear like they're gloating at someone else's misfortune. But it's a two party system, what does this mean for the Democrats in years to come?